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Why Choose a Renewable Energy Plan?

Image of the earth with buildings, trees, solar panels, and wind turbines
Image of the earth with buildings, trees, solar panels, and wind turbines
Image of the earth with buildings, trees, solar panels, and wind turbines

It’s tempting to simply say that you should choose a renewable energy plan because it’s better for the environment than fossil fuels and just leave it at that. But while it is as simple as that, there are also many more great reasons to power your home with a 100% clean electricity plan. Whether you’re just starting out on the road to an eco-friendlier lifestyle, or you’re already an old pro at the sustainability game, choosing renewable energy is a significant step in the right direction.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should choose a renewable energy plan:

It’s easy to do.

Have you ever signed up for electricity for your home, or switched energy providers? That’s all you have to do to start powering your life with renewable energy. No solar panels necessary (unless you want a home solar installation), no wind turbine spinning in your backyard, nothing.

You can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

Did you know that using electricity is the second-highest source of your personal greenhouse gas emissions? By powering your home with renewable energy for just one year, you can avoid as much as 34,000 pounds of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. If you kept using electricity sourced from fossil fuels, you’d have to recycle 257,500 plastic bottles to offset that much CO2.*

You’ll help grow the demand for cleaner energy.

As of this writing, the Energy Information Administration says that electricity from renewable sources makes up approximately 20% of all electricity generated in the United States. That doesn’t seem like much when compared to the 40% of the pie chart that’s taken up by natural gas, but it’s a number that’s been climbing steadily for the past 30 years. In fact, we now generate more renewable energy than we do coal. And when you choose renewable energy, you become part of growing the renewable slice of the energy pie.

You’re supporting homegrown energy sources.

There’s a reason why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists renewable energy as the fastest-growing job market. The renewable energy used in the U.S. is generated right here in America. To put it bluntly, renewables are helping secure our energy future.

You’re also supporting the development of renewable technology.

There are many reasons why it’s more affordable than ever to choose renewable energy, but a significant factor in making it easy to power your life renewably is because the technology gets better every year. How are we making such great strides in renewable technology? Because more folks like you see the benefits of clean energy for the planet.

Using renewable energy helps mitigate the effects of climate change.

There’s no easy way to say this: We’re in for some hotter times ahead. And as the world gets warmer, more people, businesses and governments are starting to look at what they can do to help. And while we have a long way to go before we’ve built the cleaner future we want, everyone doing their part can make a difference for the environment.

Ready to reduce your carbon footprint? Choose a clean energy plan today.

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